Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Bridget, Is That You?

The wet, miserable weather continued last week. The horses have been in their winter paddocks about a month now, and in the space of a week they've gone from nice and dry to a muddy mess. This is why turnout is limited in the bigger fields during the winter here - our climate means eventually the water table is basically at the surface much of the winter. At my own place, I spent money on dump trucks of gravel to keep things as tidy as possible, but I'm boarding now and beggars can't be choosers.
The grass is getting quite green out there again, though!

Bridget's made it clear she's Welsh and therefore this is her best season. She's quite happy in the wet and cold:


Despite Bridget's confidence in her ability to withstand all weather, I'm not a fan of currying off tons of mud, or treating the inevitable rain scald she'd likely get (been there, done that) So, it was time for her rainsheet to go on:

It's blue!
Feeling like a good, responsible owner, I finished up my chores and started packing up to go home for the night. Until I heard Sophie running around like an idiot. We've had a few bears hanging around, so I thought one of those might have startled her.


Until I noticed the object of her attention was...Bridget?


Oh goodness. She seriously didn't know what to think of Bridget wearing her new blanket.

Every time Bridget moved, Sophie would spook and run. So much for my sensible baby pony, lol
When I left, Sophie was keeping a very suspicious eye on the situation, while Bridget seemed completely oblivious of the drama she was causing. 

She's getting closer to Scary Blue Bridget, at least.
Life with horses, I guess. You win some, lose some. Keep one pony warm and dry, traumatize the other one.

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  1. haha - Poor Sophie - what is that giant blue thing? Ah! Run!

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    1. The Mysterious Blue Thing doesn't move much either...apparently just enough to look a little sketchy, lol.

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  2. Re: bears. Last night I taught ESL to some kids (tutoring, mostly) and a 5th grader had to analyze a report about black/brown bear attacks in North America. It was interesting, the article said we should chase bears away from campsites. One of the questions he had to answer was how many people died in the 2000s from brown and black bears combined in North America. We both looked at the bar chart and I came up with 27. But the kid had this idea that the chart was in the thousands and he very assuredly told me that 27,000 people were killed by bears in the 2000s. I said, "Well, I read that as 27. Tell me why you think it's 27,000." He said, "It sounds right." LOL!!! I couldn't argue against that, I promised him I'd google it when I get home (No cell phones in class, so I set a good example when I have to go home to look things up.) The situation became hilarious when I asked another student to help him, by reading him the questions. The more-experienced English speaker said, "How many people have died from BEERS in the 2000s." I ROTFL (which you're not supposed to do) and said, "BEARS, not BEERS!" I might lose my job if I cannot restrain myself from cracking up.....OTOH they are welcome to laugh at my German. Next week I'll tell the little guy that it's nowhere near 27,000.

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    1. That's so funny...entire towns killed by bears! They must think we live in a very wild place indeed. We recently had a bad bear in our neighbourhood and he followed the neighbour's dog into her house and right into her kitchen! But he just wanted to eat the food in the fridge, no people :) They're slowing down now though for winter, we haven't seen any in a couple of weeks.

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  3. LOL horses are such amazing animals! :P

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  4. Oh my god, hahahaah.
    My Dad (who is nonhorsey) came with me to the barn lastnight and we took Annie and my new baby for a walk and I was telling him that you have to expose your horses to everything, because it's the stupid things they'll spook at. Case in point, the baby spooked at a white line on the road... lol. Oh, horses!

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    1. Bridget jumped the white line last time we ventured out of the bike lane. Surprisingly, the double solid yellow line is not a worry, although we must carefully step over it? :)

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  5. i am not ashamed to say that Remus would do the same as Sophie. UGH. So funny. Bridget looks good in blue :)

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    1. I love that out of the whole farm of horses, Sophie was the ONLY one who was confused. At least she has Remus :)

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  6. That is hilarious. Silly baby ponies.

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    1. Sometimes she's not the smartest pony.

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  8. Hahaha! I've seen that happen with my horses also. They get turned out in a new blanket (and its always worse if there's a hood) and everyone in the field does the "new horse" dance - until they get close enough to smell the "new" horse, and then kinda go "oh, it's you" and life goes back to normal.

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